Monday, November 26, 2012

Ian Whitcomb Recovering from Stroke

We just learned last night that Ian Whitcomb had a stroke late last week. Here's a note from his wife, Regina, with a request for get-well cards:
Two nights ago, Ian had a major ischemic stroke but because we were at Mijares (two blocks from Huntington Hospital) and I recognized the symptoms (training) he got help as immediately as is possible. 
He was paralyzed on his left side. They started him on tPA and he regained some ability.  
Yesterday his neurologist was very excited to see how well he's doing. She called him, "90% back". He'll be at Huntington for a little while. He'll need rehab and physical therapy. She said that as long as he puts in the work required he'll be 100% again. 
Today Ian was moved out of ICU to the Neurosciences Stroke Center within the Huntington Hospital. 
He's much better today. He's cooperating and gaining strength. His face looks good. His speech in a little slurred because the left side of his mouth is still effected. This doesn't stop him from conversing -- nothing can. He's reading. He can swallow and has healthy meals. He hasn't had a good night's sleep yet but tonight should be OK.
He's been assessed and there will be more tests tomorrow. He'll be right as rain in no time. 
I'll try to report every evening. 
If you would like to send Ian a card -- please do. He would love it. Honestly, it would make a huge difference in his recovery. Send it to PO Box 451, Altadena, CA. 91001. I don't know how it should be addressed if you want to send it straight to the Huntington. 
He's a Superman; don't worry. 
Thank you all,


Anonymous said...

Just saw Ian and Regina two weeks ago at Sacramento's annual West Coast Ragtime Festival. They're each a National Treasure Hope everyone sends cards, letters, prayers, and lots of good vibes.

Bob Tarte said...

I've exchanged a few books and emails with Ian, and while I can't pretend to know him well, he instantly became one of my favorite people in the world. I wish him and Regina all the best and look forward to his full recovery. He is an absolute treasure whose joy touches everyone he comes in contact with.

Beatnheart said...

Love Ian... Will send a card as I hope everyone else does too,

Anonymous said...

Any updates on Ian?

Pete Henderson said...

Good grief, Ian. Strokes are for old people. Recover immediately. I only hope that since your trouble was diagnosed a year ago that you are back to your old self My best to Regina . . .

Pete Henderson

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